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In Cuba, Musicians Redefine The Classics

Dayme Arocena is part of a new wave of young Cuban musicians who put a new spin on tradition.
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Dayme Arocena is part of a new wave of young Cuban musicians who put a new spin on tradition.

It's wintertime, and we're all a little chilly and in need of vitamin D. This week on Alt.Latino, we feel a ray of sunshine in the form of Anastasia Tsioulcas, one of NPR's finest music reporters.

Anastasia specializes in classical music, but also has a passion for hunting down fresh sounds from all corners of the world. One day, I'm going to sneak into her luggage and ride along like a stowaway.

Her most recent adventure was in Cuba, where she investigated what young classical musicians are doing. What she found is surprising, sweet and highly danceable.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.